Why are you trying to eliminate ways that your visitors can open the link. All browsers generally allow you to select from same tab, new tab or new window when you right click on a link and adding one of those long dead target thingies will at best stop them from being able to choose one of the three (or more) alternatives that they will ordinarily have.
Some browsers even allow you to predefine how different sorts of links will be opened (my browser is configured to open links within a site in the same tab and external links in a new tab) - depending on how the browser is set your target will either be ignored or will annoy your visitor by blocking their selected choice.
That's why target was deleted from HTML back in 1997.
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